As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a wholesome, satisfying breakfast can do a lot in making the rest of the day feel right, which makes the meal *that* important for our growing kids. To fuel your child with the energy they need to go about the day, here are some simple yet healthy breakfast ideas you can consider.
Bread and cereals have no doubt become an indispensable breakfast staple for a lot of us. Not only are grain-based foods tasty, they are also easily available, easy to prepare, and most of all, stuffed with essential carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Breads and cereals are the top choices when it comes to providing your little ones with nutrients and energy to start the day.
When literally all you have to do is pour cereal into a bowl of milk, no breakfast menu can come close to being as easy and convenient as a cereal bowl. With so many colourful, themed cereal options and interactive cereal boxes out there to appeal to kids nowadays, it is also evidently easier to get your child to sit down in the morning to down a bowl of cereal. However, it is important to note that a bowl of sugary cereal may not be the most healthy of breakfast options for your child. While they may look less attractive, it is always more ideal to go for wholegrain cereals. Top your child’s whole grain cereal with some nuts and fresh fruits for a truly healthy, nutrition-packed breakfast.
Oatmeal is high in fibre and carbohydrates, capable of providing your kids with sufficient energy to stay focused and active during their classes and activities.
Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes
While we don’t typically associate pancakes with the notion of a “healthy breakfast,” you may be surprised at some of the ways you can turn this sweet treat into a healthier breakfast menu. Pancakes are actually high in protein, fiber, and vitamins, making them nothing short of a healthy breakfast option when prepared the right way.
The first thing to making pancakes a healthier choice is to ditch the ready-made pancake mixes that are often full of artificial sweeteners and fat. Instead, try making your pancake mix—and trust us, it is not really as complicated as it sounds. For this nutritious banana and oatmeal pancake, all you have to do is gather the ingredients for your pancake mix (no flour!) and drop them into a blender—simple and quick! Top your fluffy pancakes with some fresh bananas and maple syrup, and you have a yummy yet healthy breakfast menu to entice your child with. Full recipe available here.
Toasts are a go-to breakfast item, and here’s a way to swap out your regular peanut butter toast for a more nutritious and equally tasty option. Avocado is one of the most talked-about fruits in the market, and there’s certainly a reason to it. Filled with vitamin K that helps with blood clotting and the development of cells, and vitamin B and C that boost the immune system and the nerve functions, a small serving of avocado can actually pack quite a punch. By incorporating this highly-nutritious fruit into your child’s breakfast, you can be sure that their daily vitamin requirements are settled for.
To prepare avocado toast, simply mash the avocado flesh into a spread that you can apply on your bread. For extra flavour (and nutrients), add some eggs, sliced tomatoes, or bananas to your toast. To make the meal even healthier, opt for whole wheat bread over white bread. Full recipe available here.
Eggs are pretty universal in their popularity as a breakfast item. Loaded with protein and other essential nutrients, eggs are especially good for growing children who are still forming muscles and tissues. Eggs are also extremely versatile: from omelette, sunny-side ups, hard-boiled, to scrambled egg—there’s definitely one egg-based menu that will appeal to your little ones.
While we all love our traditional half-boiled eggs for breakfast, here’s how you can make an even more enticing egg-based breakfast menu with just a few easy steps.
An egg-in-a-hole basically consists of an egg within the surface of a slice of toast. All you need to do is use a cookie cutter or the back of spoon to create a hole in the bread, and then crack the egg into the hole. Cook the bread in a pan over butter or olive oil, and there you have it—a nutritious egg-in-a-hole. You can also accompany the toast with some baked beans or ham, as you like it.
Having yogurt alone for breakfast may not be that filling of an option for your kids, but you can always pair a good yogurt bowl alongside your main breakfast menu. High in calcium, protein, vitamins, and probiotics, yogurt not only contribute to your child’s bone health, but can also improve their gut microbiota which helps with digestive functions. Adding fresh fruits, nuts, or grains, to your yogurt bowl can also make it more tasty while increasing its nutritional value.